Has anyone explored using Markdown and Canvas (especially the RCE)?
I was just working up a bunch of content for a course, and thought I'd try it. It went surprisingly well, considering the challenges I've had with other web-based rich text editors.
This was on a Mac, using basic Gruber Markdown.
Headings, lists (ordered and unordered), italics, bold, tables (! - hadn't expected that) and links all transferred properly, with HTML structure intact. Lists copied with an extra paragraph tag in each list item. Sloppy, but even I'm not going to go back and fix the code in Canvas.
'</p><li><p>Log in to Canvas</p></li>'
'<li><p>Click Help, then "Search the Canvas Guides"</p></li>'
So this just adds another context where I can use Markdown, and I suppose another way that Canvas is slick.
Hey, MLentini, I think the Canvas Developers and Instructional Designers groups would really appreciate this content! Would you mind if I shared it to those spaces? And if I were to change the nature of your resource from a question to a discussion, so that it remains open-ended for future participation?
I often use Markdown with Simplenote or Byword (on iOS) to write Canvas content, then copy and paste. You can use Simplenote to dynamically publish markdown to html, which can be embedded in an iframe on a Canvas page--then, you only need to change your note on Simplenote and your Canvas page updates. The only trouble is that all links open within the iframe. Instead of writing a Markdown editor for Canvas, I'd love to see a Simplenote integration so I can stop using iframes.
Oh, I'm going to try this. I'm playing with MD to Google Docs too, which would be another easy embed. Thanks for the tip.